Home > Impact of drug and alcohol related deaths on families.

Lambert, Sharon (2018) Impact of drug and alcohol related deaths on families. Dublin: The National Family Support Agency.

[img]
Preview
PDF (Impact of drug and alcohol related deaths on families)
917kB

The findings and recommendations of this research seek to strengthen action 2.1.17 A in the current National Drugs’ Strategy ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery 2017-2025’ which identifies the need to develop addiction specific bereavement supports for families, an action which the National Family Support Network successfully proposed during the strategy’s’ development. We know from working with families over the years and now again highlighted within this report, that generic bereavement services often don’t work for families affected by substance misuse, instead they compound feelings of shame, stigma and unresolved complex grief.

 

This experience emphasises Dr Lambert’s assertation that death through substance misuse should be treated as a ‘Special Death’ in the way that for example death through suicide is. A death which, due to complex circumstances can result in complicated/disenfranchised grief for the family and which needs the support of additional, specific, services. Essential too, we know that supports for families affected by substance misuse which will allow them to access timely and appropriate supports for their loved ones are key; including access to dual diagnosis services as outlined within this report, early intervention for children living in a family affected by substance misuse and access to training in Naloxone, something the National Family Support Network have been passionately facilitating for over a decade.

Date:2018
Call No:LK4.18.10
Publisher:The National Family Support Agency
Place of Publication:Dublin
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB 5366 (Available)
Related URLs:
Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family structure > Family support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family environment
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
L Social psychology and related concepts > Life event > Change or event related to family or friend > Death of family member or close friend
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Social services > Services for family and children
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

Repository Staff Only: item control page